Repeat Sweep of GSAC Awards, Troesh Honored Nationally

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 11th, 2016



Top (l-r): Jessica McCanne, Alexa Nestlerode. Bottom: Kami Troesh.

Senior Kami Troesh has been named the NAIA and GSAC Volleyball Defender of the Week and for the second time this season, Westmont has swept the Golden State Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week awards. Senior outside hitter Jessica McCann of Lemoore was named GSAC Attacker of the Week and senior Alexa Nestlerode of Saugus picked up the GSAC Setter of the Week honors to complete the hat trick.

The Warriors, who are second ranked in the NAIA and possess a record of 23-0, played five matches last week. On Tuesday, Westmont swept The Master’s to complete the first round of GSAC play with a conference mark of 8-0. A four-match road trip to Iowa accounted for the rest of last week’s schedule. While in the Hawkeye State, the Warriors picked up wins against the College of Saint Mary (Neb.), #11 Dordt (Iowa), Concordia (Neb.) and Northwestern (Iowa).

McCann recorded 49 kills over the five matches and posted an attack percentage of .248. Against Saint Mary, McCann tallied a 13 kills and made just one attack error in 22 attempts, producing an attack percentage of .545.

Playing at the libero position, Troesh tallied 105 serve receptions and 125 digs. In Saturday’s four-set match against Concordia, Troesh notched 30 digs and a career high 42 serve receptions. Later that day against Northwestern, Troesh tied a personal best 33 digs while also tallying 20 serve receptions.

Nestlerode, operating in a 6-2 offensive scheme (two setters), tallied 112 assists over the five matches including 25 against both Dordt and Concordia. Nestlerode also notched six service aces including three against Northwestern.

Westmont will look to extend its historic winning streak this weekend with two matches during Homecoming. On Friday, the Warriors will host William Jessup (9-10, 2-6 GSAC) at four in the afternoon. Then on Saturday, Westmont will take on Menlo (11-11, 3-5) at two o’clock. A pair of wins would complete two months without a loss and, as the NAIA’s only undefeated team, would likely result in a number one ranking when the next NAIA Coaches Top-25 Poll is released on October 18.